Mailer says “Mum”


The Great Norman


I think it’s bad to talk about one’s present work, for it spoils something at the root of the creative act.  It discharges the tension.

~Norman Mailer

Today, I’m keeping this post short in honor of Norman Mailer because I think that there is a lot of truth to his words.  Talking about writing in general  is one thing, but talking about the writing itself another.  I have found that when I talk too much about what is happening inside my stories, I am less able to write them.  So maybe for today writers, try it out.  Make “mum” the word, and maybe extend the silence to the end of the month.

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